In the second game of the ongoing Caribbean Premier League 2023, Barbados Royals’ batter Rahkeem Cornwall was dismissed in a bizarre runout. Cornwall, who is the heaviest active professional cricketer, fell short of the crease while trying to steal a single on the very first ball of the innings. His departure opened the floodgates for BR as they failed to chase 202 runs.
Cornwall, an all-rounder in the West Indies national cricket team, frequently sparks debates among fans due to his weight. Cricket pundits, former players, and experts have provided crucial advice to Rahkeem, urging him to effectively handle his weight. However, despite claims of ‘eating right,’ the all-rounder continues to grapple with this aspect of his career.
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Tonight's @BetBarteronline magic moment is the run out of Rahkeem Cornwall that set the Saint Lucia Kings off on a fantastic PowerPlay! #CPL23 #SLKvBR #CricketPlayedLouder #BiggestPartyInSport #BetBarter pic.twitter.com/HgDtLWTjmK
— CPL T20 (@CPL) August 18, 2023
Speaking about his body structure and weight, Cornwall has said that he can’t change it. He also said that he can only improve his skills on that part. “I can’t change my body structure. I can’t say that I’m too tall or too big. Everybody is not going to be short, and everybody is not going to be slim. All I can do is go out there, back myself, and show my skill”, Cornwall said while speaking with the media.
“I spend a lot of time on my fitness”, says Rahkeem Cornwall
Further speaking about his daily fitness routine and diet, Cornwall claimed that he eats right and does consider fitness exercises. He said, “There’s no doubt about it; I am a big guy, but I have to put in work. I don’t really get too bogged down or lazy about it. I spend a lot of time on my fitness. Try to eat properly,” he had said in a chat on ESPNCricinfo.
Speaking about the game, Cornwall’s Barbados Royals failed to chase 202 runs as they were bundled up for just 147 runs in 20 overs. Saint Lucia Kings’ pacer Mathew Frode clinched three wickets in his three-over spell and won the Player of the Match award.
Here is how fans reacted to Rahkeem Cornwall’s dismissal:
Oh Rakheem!! ?
— Saif Ahmed ?? (@saifahmed75) August 18, 2023
Let him jogging man, no need to run out
That's against the Spirit of Cricket ??
— Mohit (@CricketHolik) August 18, 2023
We still backin' Jimbo.
? next match
— Carib Beer (@Thecaribbeer) August 18, 2023
Inzi Bhai ki yad dila di
— Yogesh Soni ?? (@Yogesh__Soni) August 18, 2023
Mayers sell out Jimbo ?
— FPL Bailey (@FPL_Bailey) August 18, 2023
Proper village cricket ?
— Loso (@loso_888) August 18, 2023
At least he reduced 20 kg to be fit to play cricket.
— Sandeep Daniels Israel ?????? (@SahuSandeep177) August 18, 2023
Oh big man
— Rizwan Khan (@imRizzipak77) August 18, 2023
Being this big is a disgrace to professionals of the sport
— Virmal Arjoonsingh (@Virmal1986) August 18, 2023
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— SAKSHAMSHUKLA (@SHUKLA007) August 18, 2023